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  • Yikes Jeff, what a pain! Major effort required Captain!

    But it looks good, even at this early stage. :up:
    Carl

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    • Hi Jeff,nice work on figuring that all out!

      Sometimes we do our best work,the second or third time around.

      Don't ask me, how I know this.

      Greg Shinnie

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      • Jeff, Nice job on the wheels and cover. :up: :up:

        You are right, the vent holes in a paddlewheel box are to prevent a vacuum from forming in side the

        box. Without the holes this could be so great that it could stop the wheels from turning.

        Since your model is waterline, how do you plan to cut the wheels off flat on the bottoms so it looks

        like the paddles are dipping into the water??

        Cheers,

        Bob
        http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=30102

        http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=51837

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        • Jeff, it may have been a royal pain but the result is fantastic.
          Frank

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          • Hi All;

            Jeff..........absolutely brilliant. Nice work.

            Cheers;
            Gord Schneider

            President and Chief Engineer,

            Kootenay Lakes Steam & Navigation Company

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            • Thanks Carl, Greg, Bob, Frank, and Gord.

              I've been contemplating this for some time now and thought it was time to fish or cut bait! I thought it would take a bit if trial and error so I wasn't too upset by the results of the first attempt.

              Bob, the wheels are only slid on the axle and not fixed permanently yet. I plan to cut the flat part of the wheels before I mount them to the axle for good.

              Frank, it wasn't as much of a royal pain as I thought it would be. Once I set myself to it, it didn't take all that long and the result was better than I thought to this point.

              Jeff

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              • I have now completed the sides of the cover. If you look carefully at the drawings and photos of the prototypes the edges of the sides are reinforced. I began by cutting out the outside edge from 0.015 styrene.





                This was then glued to the sides.



                I repeated the process for the inside outer edge of the cover.



                The sides were completed by cutting them out.



                There you have it. Now it's on to the top of the cover.

                Jeff

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                • Jeff, I am truly amazed at your scratch building talents, particularly

                  with model boats where there are but few straight lines. I really applaud

                  you for taking on this challenging project.

                  John

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                  • Ditto what John said!
                    Carl

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                    • Well, I guess ditto for me too.
                      Frank

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                      • Nice work!

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                        • Thanks John, Carl, Frank and Ray. I appreciate that coming from masters of the miniature like yourselves.

                          Jeff

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                          • It looks really good. Are you going to make the curved 'fender' from styrene as well?

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                            • Thanks, Glen. Yes, my plan is to make the curved fender from styrene. I made a first attempt tonight but the jury is still out on whether or not it will make the cut.

                              Jeff

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                              • The next step is the top of the cover. I used 0.020 styrene but, in retrospect, could have used 0.015 and had a little easier time of it. That being said, here is the result:



                                Then the trial fit. Everything in these photos is set on the boat. The paddle wheel is yet to be finished and now that I know exactly what can be seen I know the level of detail I need to do.







                                Next to come is the completion of the paddle wheel assembly including the arm from the engine room and the final assembly with the finished cover.

                                Jeff

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